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JustAFish
Member since Dec-16-02 · Last seen Aug-19-14
About me and my chess:

I've been getting a bit better lately- but still merit the appellation "fish."

The term "Fish," according to this article:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpa...

... refers to a "Patzer or and Easy Mark." That be me.

Fischer himself was known to employ the term when refering to his opponents. He, the Fischer, caught "Fish."

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/osm/...

I'd like to say that my OTB rating is decent (~1750 USCF) but frequent blunders, passive play in superior positions, not taking lower-rated players seriously enough, and a constitutional inability to maintain focus at important moments have prevented my obvious innate talent and deep learning from being fully reflected by my numerical score. <You too??>

Along with chess, I am an avid amateur astronomer, insane bicyclist, budding triathlete, discerning moviegoer, music buyer, scattershot concert attendee, low-budget gourmand, underweight weight lifter, habitual worrier, and world traveler. More time could be devoted to chess if my other hobbies didn't get in the way. Sadly, I am also an overly enthusiastic devotee of slumber- requiring an inconvenient 8 hours in order to function at an mental level greater than that of the average grouper.

I'm from Columbus, Ohio... (a less soul-sucking place than you would imagine)

I'm generally reluctant to pick a favorite player, but, if pushed against a wall and forced to cough up a name, I'd have to say "David Bronstein". Amongst today's crop I have really enjoyed watching Nakamura's and Nigel Short's games when they're on fire. They're both pretty boring when they're not, though. Of Lev Aronian and (recent) Carlsen, I have to say that I prefer to watch Aronian's games. Carlsen is amazing, of course- Karpov-like- but Aronian's games are more fun.

I play a few times per week on Playchess.com or ICC mostly 5 minutes blitz games, though I enjoy classic time control OTB the most (I suck at blitz, BTW.) I do a lot of Tactical puzzles on Chesstempo.com, but it doesn't seem to be doing me any good.

I am past president of the 200+ member Columbus Astronomical Society (I left the room and the rest was history...) and proud owner of a back-breaking 18-inch Obsession telescope and much more manageable, homemade 8-incher affectionately known as "Cannon".

I am happily married to a lovely wife who, for the most part, allows me to indulge my hobbies...

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My Forum

As a "Fish", I am a connoisseur of bad chess games. As such, I propose a chess forum dedicated to the "fish" in all of us. Post your most embarrassing moments, your horrible blunders, that slow frittering away of a significant advantage, or simply that moment in your chess life that you'd rather forget.

But no! Don't forget it! Turn that dusty old score sheet into a kind of fame, just not the sort of fame that you had intended when sitting down at the chessboard.

>> Click here to see JustAFish's game collections.

   JustAFish has kibitzed 1559 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-15-14 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Nakamura, 2010 (replies)
 
JustAFish: Or lost on time. It was a blitz game.
 
   Jun-16-14 FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) (replies)
 
JustAFish: Okay, I answered my own question. Round four has him on the list. I guess he was just not one of the top boards and thus the game was not shown.
 
   Apr-28-14 E Fuckner (replies)
 
JustAFish: In the F uckner household, they had five kids- A F uckner, B F uckner, C F uckner, D F uckner and the chessplayer of the family, E F uckner. Then there was Papa F uckner and Mother F uckner.
 
   Apr-24-14 Hikaru Nakamura (replies)
 
JustAFish: I'll defer to <sirRutheless> on the question of Naka's coaches. It seems his info is more complete than mine.
 
   Apr-07-14 Fischerandom Chess (replies)
 
JustAFish: I like Fischer Random, I'm pretty sure that it will never replace the traditional setup- not because computers will play it out, but precisely because traditional chess has so much theory. The way I see it, chess- that is, traditional chess- is not one game, but an entire ECO ...
 
   Mar-26-14 World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) (replies)
 
JustAFish: <eggman: however the schedule on the official tournament page indicates a tiebreak scheduled for March 31. So what's going on?> The tie-breaks are, according to the wikipedia page on the 2014 WCC, in order: 1)Head-to-head scores between the tied players; 2) Highest number ...
 
   Mar-24-14 Yasser Seirawan (replies)
 
JustAFish: Happy Brithday, Yasser! I've been watching your lectures on the Saint Louis Chess Club YouTube page, and I love them. Keep of the great work!
 
   Mar-21-14 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
 
JustAFish: <What was the point of comparing Carlsen to Sauron?> The way I take it, as one familiar with LOTR he meant "evil, overpowering presence who rules over all" i.e. "The most dominant thing around." I read this as humorous hyperbole.
 
   Jan-21-14 Garry Kasparov (replies)
 
JustAFish: However, perhaps 10 years ago, a chess TV show might have been viable. I think it is appropriate to criticize of Kirsan that such a media presence failed to materialize,
 
   Dec-03-13 Nakamura vs D Andreikin, 2010 (replies)
 
JustAFish: Holey moley, what a game. I love Naka's resourcefulness even to the point of trading away an attacking queen. Just from a cursory glance, it looks to me like Andrekin missed several chances to trade down after that, however, and lock in an advantage. Computer analysis will help.
 
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